Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anger Toward God - SOAPs

Date: 10/23/14

Scripture - 2 Samuel 6:8
And David was angry because the Lord had burst forth against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.

This is one of those Bible stories I can hardly comprehend. David is trying to honor God by bringing the ark to Jerusalem. They move it on a cart (instead of poles) out of ignorance. Uzzah doesn't want the cart to fall when the oxen stumble so he reaches out to grab it, but the Lord strikes him dead. I know this is primarily a lesson about God's holiness, but I was struck today by David's anger and fear toward the Lord. When a finite man encounters a holy God we are not supposed to throw aside our emotions and sit before god like an unfeeling statue. We cannot help but be embodied persons with a powerful emotional life that react strangely in the presence of a holy God. Anger toward God is an expected part of worshiping a God who is infinitely good and powerful.

I shouldn't deny my emotions toward God. But neither should I let those emotions determine my whole relationship with God. Part of growing from a child to an adult is feeling powerful emotions and acknowledging them without being ruled by them. So I must be toward the Lord.

Our Father and maker of man, you created me and made me and said "it is good." Yet sin defaces the image of God in me, and even worse, brings shame and drives me to hide from your presence. Today give me the courage to be honest in your presence knowing that I have an advocate on my behalf in heaven. You are a great king, but also a loving Father. Teach me to honestly acknowledge my emotions, but not to be ruled by them. Amen.

If this thought encourages you, make it a point to pass it on to one other person today!

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